How did your NANOWRIMO go?

So November is officially over and for those of you who were working diligently on your novels I commend you! Trying to write an entire 50,000 word novel in a single month is daunting but it is also a great exercise in just doing it. Often, I feel that my stories suffer from the dreaded belief that it’s never going to be right. The story in my mind is this big shiny thing- it’s absolutely perfect and what ends up on the page is never quite what I was striving for. So, I re-write it and re-write it and erase … Continue reading How did your NANOWRIMO go?

November is National Novel Writing Month

It’s a big job, writing a novel, but NaNoWriMo turns a daunting ambition into a celebration, hundreds of thousands of writers coming together to cheer each other on through this mad dash at creation. 50,000 words. 30 days. It’s absolutely doable. Except, my head would explode if I started something new right now. Between seasonal depression and holiday angst, I feel like I’d be setting myself up for failure. But maybe that’s a good reason to try a little harder this month. Not having a new project to embark on or any hope of writing 50,000 words of anything before November … Continue reading November is National Novel Writing Month

Everything is ok–Nothing

I wrote  a little story for Halloween- let me know what you think..   I don’t remember how I got here. I was sitting at my desk at work, typing a report, half zoned out from boredom and exhaustion; a product of not sleeping well the night before. My report was due at the end of the week and I knew it was important but somehow I couldn’t make myself care. My eyes glazed over and I could feel that little jump; my head bobbing as I fought off sleep. The screen grew fuzzy. The words lost meaning between my … Continue reading Everything is ok–Nothing

‘Tis the Season to Be Creeped Out

I’m a chicken. But I’m a chicken who loves a theme, so every October I steel my nerves and look for scary reads. Most years I gravitate toward the classics, safely familiar stories like Dracula, Carmilla, or Frankenstein, because I like the trappings of horror without the actual being afraid part. And last October when we challenged each other to write horror stories, I kept mine pretty tame, because I wasn’t quite in the mood to scare myself. This year feels different. So for the next two weeks I’ll be reading more horror and more about horror, trying to figure out what … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Be Creeped Out

Writing to Deadlines

Hello Creative Writer, The topic I’d like to discuss briefly this week is working to a deadline. We are all writers here so we can be honest, like artists, we can be temperamental. Writing might slow or stale if inspiration doesn’t come or when other life concerns are more pressing. But what do you do when you have a deadline? Whether it’s a paper you must right for your Psychology class or a report at work that needs to be turned in by a certain time, some writing can’t wait for the muses to smile. I abhor deadlines but if … Continue reading Writing to Deadlines

The Writing Community

Been a quiet fall so far. I’ve been itching for chats with our writing group but there aren’t many of us at the moment. In lieu of meetings I’ve been sampling writing podcasts and reading every article on writing that crosses my path. It’s not the same, but I’m learning a lot. The internet is the best thing to ever happen to writers. When we formed this group last October, Twitter had for years been my substitute for a writing group. I’d followed a few writers so I’d know when they published new books or stories, and suddenly my feed … Continue reading The Writing Community

Scissors

“Don’t move and it won’t hurt so much,” My mother said tapping my head with the comb. I winched. She sighed and brought the comb slowly through the sections she was working on, stopping at the ends and snipping them off cleanly. My locks had grown about mid back length and they were becoming tiresome so it was time for a hair cut.  She worked quickly knowing that my tolerance for this task wouldn’t last. Snip. Snip. “Don’t squirm.” It hurt because my hair tangled at the ends as it always had and well, you try having someone rip hairs … Continue reading Scissors

The New Semester is here and meetings have resumed!

Hello Party People!!! I mean Creative Writer, We are back in business for Fall 2019 and getting the ball rolling with a meeting tonight Sept. 16 2019 at 5pm to discuss the 2019 Goals for this writing group. If you can attend please do. We will be in the PHCC library at the Richland campus. If not, feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions and what not below in the comments. I’m going to try to get this year going with a write off! Yes, you heard me. I want the unedited raw brain goop- start a new post, tell … Continue reading The New Semester is here and meetings have resumed!

Acrostic poems and why everyone can write them.

Hey there everyone, Amaranthineblogs here.Through this post I want to introduce to you what an acrostic poem is.”An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.”.Not many people know about this and hey if you do, then type a “yes” in the comments section and let me know.Here’s an example for an acrostic poem I wrote : https://amaranthineblogs.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/women-an-acroustic-poem/ That’s one … Continue reading Acrostic poems and why everyone can write them.